Barriers to Children Reaching Their Full Potential

Updated April 17, 2017

Every child is born with different talents. Some children are good at sports or art, while other children are book-smart. Kids need a supportive environment to reach their full potential. Teachers, parents, friends and mentors are all important role models and leaders a child needs to develop into a successful adult.

Bonds with Parents

If children do not have a strong bond with at least one parent, they may lack the self confidence they need to reach their full potential. Children need to have physical contact and feel emotionally connected to a parent. This helps them feel loved, secure and helps children believe in themselves.

Hindering Independence

When parents are overprotective, they risk hindering their children's independence. Children need to be able to learn from their own mistakes. They also need to be able to try new things to cultivate their talents. Parents should support their children when they fail to encourage them to try again or try something new. Parents need to allow children to play sports, express their creativity and learn more about subjects in school by letting them make their own choices.

Lack of Motivation

Teachers need to keep the classroom exciting and break up the monotony. Learning can be fun with games, movies and teaching lessons in new ways. Teachers can help children become more motivated by making them feel like they belong in school. Teachers need to make personal connections with each student and help children understand the importance of school. However, It can be difficult for teachers to take on the full responsibility of keeping children motivated. Parents can help children reach their full potential by helping them with their homework and keeping their kids engaged in school work.

Time Management

Children who waste time playing video games or watching television are not using their natural skills and talents. Parents need to teach children how to manage their time and set goals. When children don't have any sense of structure, they have a difficult time getting the important tasks done. After kids complete the tasks they don't want to do, there is plenty of time to have fun.

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About the Author

Based in South Florida, Beth Swanson has been writing professionally since 2005. Her articles have been published in the magazines “Kiwi," “Natural Home,” “Clean Eating,” “Palm Beacher," the “Miami New Times” and several other publications. Swanson earned a Master of Arts degree in integrated marketing communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder.